Thursday, 23 October 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway: Colleen Gleason



Hello Lovelies!!! 


I am so excited to feature one of my favourite authors here @ Mean Who You Are!! I was lucky enough to join her promo group on Facebook to help re-launch and promote the new covers for The Gardella Vampire Chronicles. If you want to know how I discovered this amazing author.. Check out this post!



This week the first book'The Rest Falls Away' is on promotion for $0.99 - grab it quickly (the price goes up to $1.99 tomorrow)  or enter the competition at the end of the post to stand a chance to win a copy! 







On the 26th there will be a read-a-long with lots of fun interactions and prizes!!





Hello Colleen! Welcome :) 



Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule.

1 - Tell us a little bit about your self
I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, teen-aged children, and three dogs (a German Shepherd, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and a Papillon. Guess which one rules the roost?). Believe it or not, I’ve never been a fan of vampire novels—which is why my first published book was about a vampire HUNTER. And all the vampires in the book were bad! I also write in a number of different genres, including medieval historical romance, steampunk (for teens and adults), dystopian/paranormal romance, and even some gothic romance.


2 - Your movie dream cast for your books, Gardella Vampire Chronicles?
Oooh! I love this question! Interestingly enough, the “cast” has changed since the books first came out and I first began answering this question. :-) 
But my current cast would be:

Victoria: Emma Stone with long dark hair
Rockley: Channing Tatum
Sebastian: Ioan Gruffud
Max: Clive Owen, though he might be getting a little too old



3 - What inspired you to become a writer?

I was a bookworm while growing up—devouring books like crazy. Then I started realizing I had different ideas of how certain stories should go, and I started coming up with my own stories. I realized, I guess, that I wanted to tell stories my way. I started by writing ones for me and my friends…and then at one point I realized I wasn’t ever going to be truly happy if I wasn’t working on a story of my own. I still read, but not as much as I used to, but I always write the books that I would want to read.


4 - Do you have any special quirks you need to do/have to write?
I have a treadmill desk and I usually walk at a pace of 1.1-1.5 mph as I am writing. I also have to use a particular ergonomic keyboard in order to keep my wrists and shoulders from getting stressed. Since my office is a loft in my home (did I mention the three teenagers and three dogs?), I usually wear foam earplugs while I write (when other people are home), and I play thunderstorm sounds or instrumental movie soundtracks through my computer speakers while writing new words. Is that quirky enough? Oh, plus I have a little cup-warmer next to my computer and I usually have a cup of green or white tea sitting on it to wet my whistle.

5 - Where did the GVC all begin for you? 
When a friend of mine gave me the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. It was over Thanksgiving weekend, and I was in the kitchen on the night before Thanksgiving making a whole bunch of things. I really didn’t know whether I was going to like the show—I didn’t like vampires, I knew it was a cult classic, and I was leery—but I popped the DVD into my laptop on the kitchen counter and started watching. Four episodes and a whole lot of food later, I was completely hooked.

Shortly after that, I was watching Cinderella with my daughters. When Cinderella had to suddenly leave the ball, all at once I thought, “What if she had to go stake a vampire?” And that was how the idea just dropped, right into my brain.


6 - What is the hardest & easiest thing about writing?
The hardest thing for me is not being distracted by—oh, everything (the Internet, my dogs, my fridge, my bed, my TV, my latest read)—when the words aren’t flowing easily. And the easiest thing about writing? Typing THE END when I’m finished with a project. There’s something so satisfying about those two words when they’re pushed together. :-)


7 - What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I generally don’t read reviews; I certainly don’t seek them out. If someone sends one to me, I read it of course. But after more than two dozen books, I’ve become very used to the good, the bad, and the ugly of reviews, and although I can’t say negative feedback doesn’t bother me, I can say I’ve come to the understanding that everyone has an opinion and everyone has different tastes. If I reviewed every book or movie I read or watched, I’d be writing some negative ones—and that’s just because different things float my boat, and others don’t—even when the rest of the world seems to love them.


8 - What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Sit yo’ butt in the chair and write. Just do it. Really. That’s the ONLY way. Worry about all the other stuff when you’re done with the book.


~ Top Ten Most memorable moments 

being a published author ~


1. Getting the call I’d sold my first book. I was hung over at a business training session and had not gone downstairs in the morning as early as I should have (and normally would have! I’m Type A!), and I swear that’s because the angels were making me wait in my hotel room till my agent called. It was the most amazing experience of my life—after the birth of my three children.

2. Seeing my first book cover.

3. Holding my first book in print.

4. Seeing my book in the bookstore for the first time—and then having people send me pictures of the book in their stores!

5. Going to a restaurant, talking to the waitress about my books, and when I handed her a bookmark she said, “My mom is reading this book right now!”

6. Having someone catch me at the end of a conference as I was walking across the room, saying, “Are you Colleen Gleason????”

7. Being flown to Italy to meet and greet my Italian readers, and being the guest of honor at a vampire-themed festival in Ravenna. Speaking to a crowded room of more than 100 die-hard Gardella fans in Italy, all of whom came up after for pictures and autographs, was one of the best moments ever of being a published author.

8. Getting feedback from some of my peers and amazing authors that they loved my books—including J. R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian. Wow!!

9. Having people tell me—a lot of people—that not only have they read my books (the Gardellas in particular), but that they’ve read them multiple times. Like, 4, 5, 6 times! Wow!

10. Meeting my readers anytime anywhere, always. Always the biggest thrill of my life!


Well lovelies, I hope you enjoyed getting to know Colleen and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!! 


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Teaser Tuesday #15 & Top Ten Tuesday #16



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

 Grab your current read • Open to a random page  • Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Here is my teaser for today:

Alpha Divided (Alpha Girl #3) by Aileen Erin
Location: 2076
"As you grow, you learn that life is rarely about doing what you want. We all do what we must, and that is even more true for powerful ones like you."

Books Description

Life has been crazy since Tessa McCaide moved to Texas. She’s gone from being a normal-ish girl with visions to a super-powered werewolf. She’s fought off vampires and broken a nearly unbreakable curse. And she’s got a hot mate, Dastien Laurent, to keep her busy. 


Things are looking up until the full moon ceremony rolls around. Before Tessa can strengthen her bond with Dastien, the local coven crashes the gates, demanding that Tessa—their heir apparent—be returned. If the pack wants to avoid a war with the witches, handing Tessa over is the only option. 

Tessa doesn’t want to cause an all-out fight, but joining a dark-magic coven isn’t on her to-do list, especially if embracing her magic side means parting with Dastien. When the coven leader tries to control Tessa with dark-magic, Tessa realizes she has to dismantle the coven or prepare the pack for war. Either choice will change her life—and her world—forever.




New Series I want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers get together and list the top ten things related to that week's topic.

Wow narrowing it down to only 10 was quite tough.... I am sure i won't be able to read all the books I want to read in one lifetime!!!



1 - Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris




2 - Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl



3 - The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine



4 - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer



5 - The Blackdagger Brotherhood by JR Ward


6 - Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter



7 - Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neil



8 - Splintered by AG Howard



9 - The Finishing School Series Gail Carriger




10 - The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter



What series are on your list??



Love

Chanzie



Monday, 20 October 2014

Audio Book Review: Passion Power & Sin (Books 1 - 5) by Mike Wells

Series: Passion, Power & Sin
Publication Date: 07 November 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author via Audible
Audio or Book: Audio Book
Length: 20 hours 55 Mins

Narrator: Karin Allers



Overview:

One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and is lured into a game in which she begins to make more money than she ever imagined. Betrayed by her own innocence, she loses all that is dear to her and discovers that she has been mercilessly used. Defeated and broken, but surviving with sheer persistence and ingenuity, Heather emerges from her trying ordeal, determined to punish the ruthless man who destroyed her life. Her thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe, to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, where her nemesis secludes himself in obscene wealth that he's gained from the financial ruin of others. Heather is playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's handsome, confident, and just as determined as she is. Only one man can stop her - a criminal mastermind who is intent on her destruction.






Previous reviews:

Lust, Money & Murder
The Drive-By Wife


Narrator: 4/5
Karin has a great voice. She is easy to listen to and acts out the various characters brilliantly. In the beginning I thought the transitions were sometimes a bit rough but as the story progressed it evened out. She is versatile and her accents are perfect. 

My Review:

Mike Wells opens the book with a good hook - I definitely think he is the king of hooks. There is a reason people say his books are 'unputdownable.' 


Initially I wanted to review Passion, Power & Sin book by book but I caught up in the story that I lost track of where one book began and where the next book started. It was just that good! 

Characters & Story line: 5/5

Mike has a way of creating really fantastic characters. They arewell-rounded, interesting and easy to connect with. 

Heather - I liked her from the start! She is smart, humble and able to be badass when she needs to be. Heather is your main protagonist and is in a bit of a pickle when along comes an email that seems too good to be true and trust me I think it is!!  Sometimes Most times I really wanted to smack some sense into Heather, I was cringing as I listened - it just gets worse and worse and just when you think Heather can't get herself into anymore trouble... something happens! Heather grows as a character throughout this series. She has a beautiful heart and is just awesome.

Percy & Nicole - Percy is such a great side character! I just had to put this in here. Percy is Heather's best friend and Nicole is a friend she makes on one of her insane adventures! I loved these too so much they deserved a mention. 

Enzo - I loved Enzo to pieces when he came along in the story. I think you meet him in about book 4 and he just crept into my heart. I wanted to protect him just as much as Heather did. And then came a huge twist that I just did not see coming! Wow - it broke my heart in so many ways that I cannot explain without giving anything away! 

Gareth - Gareth is the perfect match for Heather. He is sweet, caring, brave and just a really nice guy. Let's just say that the entire book I was praying good things would happen for them!

Ricciardo Meyer - *Sigh* I really hated Ricciardo. I did feel sorry for him at one point but he is too full of nastiness for it to last long. He is a brilliant villain that just gets under your skin. Ricciardo makes some brilliant points in the story but has no humanity. 


Plot, Pace: 5/5  

The plot was easy to get into and the pace was good. This was one of those audio books I just could not wait to continue listening too. The story flowed smoothly and Mike keeps you on your toes. He throws in curve balls and twists that had me wondering how Heather was ever going to make it through to the end.  

Cover talk: 4/5

Initially the cover didn't draw me too much but now after the exciting adventure with Heather I can appreciate it that much more!

Final Thoughts: 

I didn't think Mike could top Lust, money and Murder - which is one of my favourite audio books ever. Passion Power & Sin is equally on par in my opinion. 

Definitely 'unputdownable'!!

My Rating:




Author Bio:
Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over 20 "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and teaches part-time in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

Author LinksGoodreads l Twitter l Facebook l Blog




Friday, 17 October 2014

MWYA What's on my bookshelf? #2 ~ The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason



What's on my bookshelf is a fun bookish post hosted every two weeks here on the Mean Who You Are blog to feature books that have been on my bookshelf and deserve some bookish love or a new book I am excited about and have bought to add to my collection. 

One of My Bookshelves
I know there are many meme's out there like this but I am not that great about linking up I guess. As a bookish person I love showing people my books when they come to visit whether they read or not! If you have a bookshelf you can be sure that I will wonder over there sometime during the course of the visit and check out the titles! 

This is just me showing you my bookish loves and any story that I think goes with it! We all have those stories that go with our beloved favourites! It's an excuse to dust them off, take a photo and post it on my blog!!




The story behind the book buy:

I first heard about The Gardella Vampire Chronicles from a bookish friend of mine. She recommended it and since we had very similar reading tastes I decided to keep an eye out for it. When I saw the first 3 at Bargain Books for R100.00 I was sooooooo extremely excited. I was completely hooked by the first few chapters and I remember finishing one of them within a day! To my horror I discovered that the last 2 books in the series were not available in South Africa and when I had emailed Colleen... I found out they were out of print!!! Luckily I was able to buy the ebooks to finish reading the series on Amazon, but my collection feels incomplete. 

(Just to mention I actually own most of Colleen's other books: The Regency Draculia series, Stoker & Holmes, The GVC: Macey Gardella) 

Since I will be hosting Colleen on my blog next week during her tour to relaunch the series with new covers... *excitedness* I decided it would be a good idea to feature them on here!!!

And.... Since I love this series so much I will be giving away a eCopy (via Amazon) of the first book: The Rest Falls Away. If you can't wait for the giveaway to end, it will also be on sale for $0.99 between 19 - 23 October... 



And.... Colleen will be hosting a read-a-long at the end of October. She will be having giveaways after each book is read and interacting with the community - how awesome is that!

Quick go and grab a copy & get ready to join the read-a-long!!!!

The Old Covers:






The New Covers:


So what do you think? I love the new covers... Let's hope I get to complete my collection!!!



So there you go! That's my story behind the books. Did I mention Colleen is one of my favourite authors and she is so awesome! 


My next post will be on the 31 October 2014

Keep an eye out for my interview with Colleen next week and don't forget to enter the competition below. Good luck!!


Leave your story or link in the comments!